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The Cambridge Companion to Schoenberg

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Jennifer Shaw, Joseph Auner, Walter Frisch, Michael Cherlin, Robert P. Morgan, Craig De Wilde, Elizabeth Keathley, Ethan Haimo, Julian Johnson, Richard Kurth, Joy H. Calico, Peter Tregear, Steven J. Cahn, Severine Neff, Walter B. Bailey, Sabine Feisst, Richard Toop
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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521690867

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  • Arnold Schoenberg – composer, theorist, teacher, painter, and one of the most important and controversial figures in twentieth-century music. This Companion presents engaging essays by leading scholars on Schoenberg's central works, writings, and ideas over his long life in Vienna, Berlin, and Los Angeles. Challenging monolithic views of the composer as an isolated elitist, the volume demonstrates that what has kept Schoenberg and his music interesting and provocative was his profound engagement with the musical traditions he inherited and transformed, with the broad range of musical and artistic developments during his lifetime he critiqued and incorporated, and with the fundamental cultural, social, and political disruptions through which he lived. The book provides introductions to Schoenberg's most important works, and to his groundbreaking innovations including his twelve-tone compositions. Chapters also examine Schoenberg's lasting influence on other composers and writers over the last century.

    • Schoenberg is as widely studied at undergraduate level as classical composers including Bach: this book fills a gap by providing accessible discussions of his life and his music, which is often perceived as 'difficult'
    • Investigates Schoenberg's interaction with key figures including Strauss, Kandinsky, and Eisler, placing Schoenberg in the context of twentieth-century culture
    • Presents an excellent balance of established scholarship and new interpretative approaches
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… there are … two core chapters, both by Richard Kurth, which fruitfully align (with no attempt at spurious integration) the central aesthetic theme of modernism with fundamental technical topics.' Musical Times

    '[This] volume is expertly edited, the chronology, bibliography, footnotes, and index are exemplary, the music examples and tables are irreproachable, and the nineteen individual contributions develop into a coherent book in content, style, and technical presentation. The authors and editors of [this] Schoenberg volume maintain the high standards of the Cambridge Companion series.' Music and Letters

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521690867
    • length: 346 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 2 tables 67 music examples
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology of Schoenberg's life and works
    1. Introduction Jennifer Shaw and Joseph Auner
    Part I. Schoenberg's Early Years:
    2. Schoenberg's Lieder Walter Frisch
    3. Schoenberg and the tradition of chamber music for strings Michael Cherlin
    4. Two early Schoenberg songs: monotonality, multitonality and schwebende Tonalität Robert P. Morgan
    5. Arnold Schoenberg and Richard Strauss Craig De Wilde
    Part II. Schoenberg, Modernism, and Modernity:
    6. Interpreting Erwartung: collaborative process and early reception Elizabeth Keathley
    7. The rise and fall of radical athematicism Ethan Haimo
    8. Schoenberg, modernism, and metaphysics Julian Johnson
    9. Pierrot lunaire: persona, voice, and the fabric of allusion Richard Kurth
    Part III. Schoenberg Between the World Wars:
    10. Schoenberg as teacher Joy H. Calico
    11. Schoenberg, satire, and the Zeitoper Peter Tregear
    12. Schoenberg's row tables: temporality and the idea Joseph Auner
    13. Immanence and transcendence in Moses und Aron Richard Kurth
    14. On Jewish history and identity: approaches to Schoenberg as Jew Steven J. Cahn
    Part IV. Schoenberg's American Years:
    15. Cadence after thirty-three years: Schoenberg's Second Chamber Symphony, Op. 38 Severine Neff
    16. Schoenberg's collaborations Jennifer Shaw
    17. Listening to Schoenberg's Piano Concerto Walter B. Bailey
    18. Schoenberg's reception in America, 1933–1951 Sabine Feisst
    19. Schoenberg: dead or alive? His reception amongst the post-war European avant-garde Richard Toop.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • 20th Century Music
    • Advance Post Tonal Theory
  • Editors

    Jennifer Shaw, University of New England, Australia
    Jennifer Shaw is Professor and Head of the School of Arts at the University of New England, Australia.

    Joseph Auner, Tufts University, Massachusetts
    Joseph Auner is Chair and Professor of Music at Tufts University.


    Jennifer Shaw, Joseph Auner, Walter Frisch, Michael Cherlin, Robert P. Morgan, Craig De Wilde, Elizabeth Keathley, Ethan Haimo, Julian Johnson, Richard Kurth, Joy H. Calico, Peter Tregear, Steven J. Cahn, Severine Neff, Walter B. Bailey, Sabine Feisst, Richard Toop

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